The way to cause a person predisposed to violence from acting upon those violent impulses is to have an awareness of the repercussions of those actions. Previously to the three cases you mentioned, the punishments were not nearly enough either socially or by the determination of the league to make any significant impact on behavior. We live in one of the most lenient on the rich and hard on the poor countries in the world from a justice system standpoint. Thomas Davis posted some statistics about the members of Congress that was actually really profound regarding the number of domestic abuses, driving under the influence, and other socially problematic behaviors that those men and women were responsible.
When a wave of consciousness comes and the public demands harsher stances, there are going to be a few that are singled out seemingly unfairly as the new protocol becomes an established part of how cases are to be viewed from that point forward. The NFL is screwing this up big time by making everything so murky and indefinite. There needs to be a clear protocol for how these situations are handled. From the moment that the DA decides to pursue charges, there needs to be an open dialogue with the player, the team, and the league about how to proceed. Once a verdict is rendered, there needs to be further action. If Guilty, there needs to be a protocol in place. If Not Guilty, restitution of any pay missed or fines related to absence dropped. If there are no grounds to appeal, suspension will be effective immediately. I know that not all cases are as clear cut, but right now it seems like Goodell is standing with his hands out to his public relations department screaming "Somebody PLEASE tell me what to do!", and nobody is giving him a satisfactory answer and he's a coward for not making the call on his own.
But back to the main point, it's going to look like a witch hunt against the players while this new protocol is sorted out but it's not. The public has demanded that we remove people who commit acts of violence against women and children out of the game as proportionate to the severity of the incident. That's a step in the proper direction. I can't be mad at the movement because it's one that needs to happen. I can't be mad that Hardy put himself in such a dumb position to make this issue apply to him. You just have to let the process play out and invest in players who are good citizens off the field as well as talented football players. That becomes even more a point of emphasis. It used to not be even remotely a consideration because it was such a light slap on the wrist even if your player was found guilty. That's progress.
I couldn't really even get what that third one was supposed to be
I couldn't either until I looked at the video queue and saw that "On pace to play" .... I'm not sure if it's Brockel but it seems like he's one of those hustle guys that sets the pace. I wonder if it's "on pace to play" as in constantly being injured and going every week like Stewart or if it's "pace to play" like having a fast pace to their play.